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Summer 2018 Information

Summer Feeding

Locations, Times and Menus

Text "Summer Meals" to 97779 for a free summer meal location near you! This site includes date of operations, meals available at each location, meal times and more.

Read more information about summer feeding on our blog. Please arrive as close to the feeding time listed as possible. All food must be eaten on site.

Summer Menus


July Menu

Summer Nutrition Sites:

Breakfast is served at Joan Lewis Park from 8 - 8:15 a.m. Lunch is served at the following locations and times:

  1. Al Rollins Park - 12:00
  2. Bryon Heights Apartments - 12:00
  3. Christ Church Presbyterian - 12:00
  4. Civitan Park - 12:00
  5. Dalton High School - 12:00
  6. Dalton Green Park - 12:00
  7. Dalton Recreation Department - 12:00
  8. Excalibur Apartments - 11:30
  9. Followers of Jesus Ministry Center - 12:00
  10. Iglesia Bautista Salem - 12:00
  11. Joan Lewis Park - Breakfast from 8 - 8:15 a.m. and Lunch at 11:30
  12. Lago Vista Apartments - 11:30
  13. Lakeshore Park - 11:30
  14. Mack Gaston Community Center - 12:00
  15. MIHS - 11:15
  16. Mountain Wood Apartments - 11:30
  17. Mount Rachel Trail Park - 12:00
  18. Otis Cook Memorial Park - 11:30
  19. North Star Gym - 12:00
  20. Park Place Apartments - 12:00
  21. Park Avenue Apartments - 11:30
  22. Parkview Apartments - 11:30
  23. Roan St. Elementary - 12:00
  24. Salvation Army - 12:00
  25. Scenic Valley Apartments - 12:00
  26. Stone Ridge Apartments - 11:30
  27. Strawberry Apartments - 11:30
  28. The Cliffs Apartments - 12:00
  29. The Georgian Apartments - 11:30
  30. Turf Road - 12:00
  31. Underwood Apartments Circle - 11:30
  32. Underwood Apartments 1 Beechland - 12:00
  33. Veterans Park - 12:00
  34. Westview Baptist Church - 12:00
  35. Westwood School - 12:00
  36. White's Pediatrics - 12:00
  37. Wood Park Estates - 12:00

On the Saturdays listed on the July feeding menu, lunch will be served at noon at the following locations:

Dalton Recreation

Veterans' Park

Roan Street School

Joan Lewis Park

A short list of public parks and their addresses are:

  • Al Rollins Park at 521 Threadmill Road - 12:00
  • Civitan Public Park at 505 Shugart Road - 12:00
  • Dalton Green Park at the Corner of Spencer and Thornton Avenue - 12:00
  • Dalton Recreation Department at 904 Civic Drive - 12:00
  • Joan Lewis Park at 4th Avenue - 11:30
  • Mack Gaston Community Center at 218 Fredrick Street - 12:00
  • Mount Rachel Trail Park at W. Park Street - 12:00
  • Lakeshore Park at 1212 Dennard Drive - 11:30
  • Otic Cook Memorial Park at 800 Parkway - 11:30
  • Veterans Park at the Corner of Veterans and Mitchell Street - 12:00

Big Red Reads

Below is the summer schedule for Big Red READS. Big Red READS is a mobile library that brings books to our K-12 students during the summer months. It is a very rewarding experience to connect with our students in the summer and to promote their continued growth as readers!

NEW this year: Parent Resources will also be available for checkout.

Big Red READS is entering its 8th year. To date, we have given away more than 11,000 books and had more than 4,000 student checkouts of leveled texts. We need your help to make this summer as successful as years past! If you would like to volunteer during the summer please contact Alice Ensley with the dates you are available. Volunteers meet at the location and help load and unload the bus. Volunteers help students select books and manage check out.

Thanks so much for supporting our students ALL year!

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Look for Big Red READS between 11:30-12:30 and get books to keep you reading all summer!

Monday, June 4Roan School1116 Roan St, Dalton, GA 30721

Wednesday, June 6Blue Ridge School100 Bogle St, Dalton, GA 30721

Monday, June 11Lakeshore Park70 Crescent St, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, June 13Veterans ParkCorner of Veteran's Dr. and Mitchell St.

Monday, June 18Cliff Apartments818 Shugart Rd, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, June 20Westwood School

708 Trammell St, Dalton, GA 30720

Monday, June 25Roan School1116 Roan St, Dalton, GA 30721

Wednesday, June 27Blue Ridge School100 Bogle St, Dalton, GA 30721

Monday, July 9Lakeshore Park70 Crescent St, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, July 11Veterans ParkCorner of Veteran's Dr. and Mitchell St.

Monday, July 16Cliff Apartments818 Shugart Rd, Dalton, GA 30720

Wednesday, July 18Westwood School708 Trammell St, Dalton, GA 30720

Storytime & Free Books

First Presbyterian Story Time at Joan Lewis Park

700 4th Avenue

Thursdays, 11:30-12:30

June 7

June 14

June 21

June 28

Book Clubs for Grades 4-8

Pick up your book on June 4, 6, 11 or 16 at a Big Red Reads Location.

Read your book.

Join us at Sonic on Cleveland Highway for Book Club and snacks!

June 28th and July 19th

2 - 3 p.m. for 4th - 5th grade

3 - 4 p.m. for 6th - 8th grade

4th - 5th Grade

The One and Only Ivan cover

The One and Only Ivan

By: Katherine Applegate

Inspired by the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, this illustrated novel is told from the point of view of Ivan himself. Having spent twenty-seven years behind the glass walls of his enclosure in a shopping mall, Ivan has grown accustomed to humans watching him. He hardly ever thinks about his life in the jungle. Instead, Ivan occupies himself with television, his friends Stella and Bob, and painting. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, he is forced to see their home, and his art, through new eyes and he decides that he must find her a better life

Stef Soto, Taco Queen Cover

Stef Soto, Taco Queen

By: Jennifer Torres

Hating her family's taco truck and wishing that her father would take a "normal" job, Estefania becomes the truck's unlikely champion when her family's livelihood is threatened.

6th - 8th Grade


By: Holly Sloan

Short Cover

Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she’ll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn’t ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. As Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive—one of the adults with dwarfism who’ve joined the production’s motley crew of Munchkins—and with her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. Chang, Julia’s own sense of self as an artist grows. Soon, she doesn’t want to fade into the background—and it’s a good thing, because her director has more big plans for Julia!

Bubbling over with humor and tenderness, this is an irresistible story of self-discovery and of the role models who forever change us.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
By: Pablo Cartaya

Epic Fail Cover

Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL?

For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela’s restaurant. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.


By: Alan Gratz

Refugee Cover

JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .

ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety in America . . .

MAHMOUD is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe . . .

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers -- from drownings to bombings to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end. This action-packed novel tackles topics both timely and timeless: courage, survival, and the quest for home.

Well That Was Awkward

By: Rachel Vail

That Was Awkward Cover

Gracie has never felt like this before. One day, she suddenly can’t breathe, can’t walk, can’t anything—and the reason is standing right there in front of her, all tall and weirdly good-looking: A.J.

But it turns out A.J. likes not Gracie but Gracie’s beautiful best friend, Sienna. Obviously Gracie is happy for Sienna. Super happy! She helps Sienna compose the best texts, responding to A.J.'s surprisingly funny and appealing tests, just as if she were Sienna. Because Gracie is fine. Always! She’s had lots of practice being the sidekick, second-best. It’s all good. Well, almost all. She’s trying. Funny and tender, Well, That Was Awkward goes deep into the heart of middle school, and finds that even with all the heartbreak, there can be explosions of hope and moments of perfect happiness.

Camps and Activities

Community Camps

To see this chart in Spanish, click here.

NamePhone NumberWho?AgesCostDatesApplication Info
Camp Aim706-272-7919

Mary Smith

Children with history of sexual abuse

K - 12FreeJune 4 - 16
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Contact school counselor or social worker or call Family Support council.
Boys and Girls Club706-226-2582


All children at all locations (Limited spots)1 - 12$30 - 60 per week. Some partial scholarships available. June 4 - July 27Go to Boys and Girls Club at 1013 Underwood St. 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Registration is $30 (can be waived).
Camp High Hopes706-278-6595
Karen Paz

Children who have had services through NWGA Crisis Center -

Domestic Violence or who have experienced homelessness

7 - 15FreeJune 25 - 29
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Contact your school social worker- must be referred by school social worker or crisis center (Scholarships might be available)

Camp Super Star at NWHSJosh RubenAll Children6 - 14$150 (Includes Lunch)June 11 - 22
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1st week at Barre Dance Studio, 2nd week at NWHS
Contact Josh at

Community Center Summer Fun Camp706-278-8205All Children5 - 12$65 per week, $55 per sibling. Breakfast, Lunch and SnacksMay 29 - July 27
7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Call or stop by Community Center to register.
Creative Arts Guild (Music, Dance, Art and gymnastics)706-529-3442 or www.creativeartsguild.orgAll ChildrenAges Depends on campCost Depends on camp.

Different for each camp.Call or visit to learn more.
Design and Engineering Camp at NWGA College and Career AcademyDalton Chamber Barbara Ward
Middle SchoolRising 6 - 8 GradeFreeNew campers June 5 - 8
Returning campers June 6 - 9

Dalton Chamber is hosting this, limited space

Contact info:

Kiddie Carousel Summer Fun Camp706-259-8662All Children5 - 12$95 per weekJune 4 - August 7Call Kiddie Carousel
Precious Possessions Kids Camp706-226-1115All Children5 - 12$115 per weekMay 29 - August 7Call Precious Possessions
4-H Camps:
706-278-8207All Children

Call 4-H or go to the office at 104 S. Thornton Avenue


At Rock Eagle

5- 6th gr


June 4-8


At Fortson

7-8th gr


June 18-22


At Rock Eagle

9-12th gr


July 2-6


At Rock Eagle

9-12th gr

Contact for more info

June 10-15

Military Teen Adventure Camps

At Wahsega

Wilderness Challenge

Wahsega 4-H Center

7-8th gr


July 2-6

Dalton Parks and Recreation Camps: Rising Sun and Sunshine706-278-5404
Lisa Hughey
Students with a diagnosis of mild to moderate disabilitiesAges 5 - 8 and 9 - 15TBATBAGo to Dalton Parks and Recreation on Civic Drive to register.
Salvation Army Day Camps:706-278-3966

All ChildrenNo cost.Go by Salvation Army and Pick up applications. 1101 N. Thornton Avenue
Sr. Conservatory Music7 - 12
Sunbeam/Ranger Camps13 - 17
Guard - Explorer CampGirls Grade 6 - 12
Adventurer CampBoys Grade 1 - 5
Junior Soldier CampBoys Grade 10 - 12
Boy Scouts of America706-272-7111Boys6 - 18VariesThroughout SummerCall Boy Scout Office
Girl Scouts of America706-226-1435GirlsVariesVariesThroughout SummerCall or go by office (2204 E. Walnut Ave) or
SEO Martial Arts 706-226-0855All Children5-18Weekly and Daily RatesJune 1 - August 3Call or visit 1024 Riverburch Pkwy
Calvary Kids Camp706-270-3091All Children6 - 16$100 per week
Transportation provided, scholarships available
June 18 - 22
8 a.m. - 5:30
Registration starts May 1st, call 706-270-3091 or e-mail Jeff Bramblett at

Go Lead Camp
Team Building & Leadership
706-876-1590Boys & GirlsHigh SchoolFreeJune 4 - 7
9 a.m. - noon
June 8
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Register with United Way

Whitfield/Murray Historical Society706-278-0217Boys & Girls4th - 8th Grade$45, or $35 for siblingsJuly 24 - 26Call to register.
Basketball Skills Camp706-879-4528
Frank Pinson
Boys and Girls3rd - 9th Grade$75, includes lunchJune 18 - 25 at Mack Gaston Center
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Dalton State College Camps
Boys & GirlsCreek Critters Camp
Stream Stomp Nature
Exploration Camp
VariesCheck online for dates and timesKim Hays

info online at

WinShape Camp706-279-3175Boys & Girls1st - 9th Grade$214July 9 - 13 at
Creative Discovery Museum CampsNancy at (423) 648-6045 or Sheila at (423) 648-6040.

Varies4 - 5, 8 - 12, 5 - 12VariesVariesVisit full list here.
Culprit Camp423-771-5285Boys & Girls1st - 12th GradeVaries - 8 Weeks TotalStarts 1st week of
Camp Le Papillon at Christ King Lutheran ChurchSam Cannon at Oak Haven
Camp for pregnant or parenting teensTeensFreeMay 29 - 31
9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Contact Sam Cannon
Grace Presbyterian Sports Camp706-226-6344Boys and Girls1st - 8th Grade$10 per week.
Lunch and snacks included.
June 4 - 7
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Call or visit
Christ Church Presbyterian Rec PlaceBoys and

Catabots STEM/Robotics Camp

Catabots Summer Camp

Catabots Summer Camp Registration Form
First page of the PDF file: DaltonCatabotsSummerCampregistrationformJessicaAshlock

DPS Athletics Camps

2018 DHS Youth Summer Camps

Lady Cats Basketball Camp

Girls, Ages 5 - 14

June 18 - 19

9 a.m. - Noon


Dalton Middle School Gym

Download Registration Form Here

Youth Boys Big Red Basketball Camp

K - 8th Grade (5 - 14 years old)

June 20 - June 21

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.



Print Off Basketball Camp Registration Form Here

Catamount Youth Football Camp

May 29 - 30

6 - 9 p.m.

Dalton High School Turf Field

Print off Football Camp Registration Form Here

Lady Cats Youth Softball Camp

June 4 - 6

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Heritage Point Park

Print off Softball Camp Registration Form Here

Lady Cats Youth Lacrosse Camp

June 4 - 6

6 - 8:30 p.m.

Dalton High School Turf Field

Print Off Lacrosse Camp Registration Form Here

Catamount Youth Baseball Camp

June 5 - 7

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Al Rollins Park

Print off Baseball Camp Registration Here

Youth Cheerleading Clinic

June 11- 14

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Dalton High School Gym

Print off Cheerleading Clinic Registration Form here

Catamount Youth Soccer Camp (boys & girls)

June 11- 13

12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Dalton High School Soccer Fields

Print off Youth Soccer Camp Registration Form Here

Youth Girls Volleyball Camp

Open to all rising 4th-8th grade girls

June 5 - 8

9 a.m. - Noon

Dalton Middle School Gym /Dalton High School Gym on June 8

Registration Fee $25 per day. Camp Special: Buy 3 days and get the 4th FREE

Register Online Here

View Flyer Here

DPS Summer School

Dalton Public Schools Summer School 2018

Held at MIHS

What: Summer school for credit recovery

When: june 4 - july 19 (Monday - Thursday)

Closed July 2 - 6 for holidays

Morning Session: 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

No afternoon session

EOCT's: July 11 - 18, makeups July 19

Where: Morris innovative high school

104 Fort Hill Terrace
Dalton, GA 30721
Phone: 706-876-4150
Fax: 706-278-4998
Email: Russ Southerland

Cost: $150 per 1/2 credit course, $200 for full credit

Registration: May 31 - June 1 (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) in the MIHS gymnasium

Must register in person and pay at time of registration

*Courses will be delivered through the OdysseyWare online curriculum with a certified teacher present in the lab.
Note: Students may start an additional course for credit recovery if the first O.W. course is completed prior to June 25. Additional charges will apply. Courses may not be carried over beyond summer school. Incomplete courses will earn failing grades.

Clases de Verano 2018 a MIHS

Qué: Escuela de verano para la recuperación de créditos

Cuándo: Junio 4 - Julio 19 (Lunes-Jueves)

Cerrado: del 2 al 6 de julio para vacaciones

Sesión de la mañana: 8 - 11:30 a.m.

No hay sesión de la tarde

Examen EOCT’s: 11 - 18 de julio, retomar 19 de julio

Dónde: Morris Innovative High School

104 Fort Hill Terrace
Dalton, GA 30721
Phone: 706-876-4150
Fax: 706-278-4998
Correo electrónico: Russ Southerland

Costo: $ 150.00 por curso de 1/2 crédito y $ 200.00 por crédito completo

Inscripción: Mayo 31 y junio 1 (8 a.m. a 12 p.m.) a Gimnasio MIHS

DEBE INSCRIBIRSE EN PERSONA Y PAGAR al momento de la inscripción.

* Currículo con un maestro certificado presente en el laboratorio.
Nota: Los estudiantes pueden comenzar un curso adicional para recuperación de crédito si el primer curso de O.W es completa antes del 25 de junio. Adicional: Se aplicarán cargos por cursos adicionales. Los cursos no pueden seguir más allá de la Escuela de Verano. Escuela de Verano: Los cursos incompletos obtendrán calificaciones reprobadas.

Safety Tips

Water Safety Facts

  • Swimming pools are the most common site for a drowning to occur for children ages 1 to 4.
  • 5,209 children in U.S. will sustain nonfatal near drowning-related injuries this year.
  • 89 percent of boating deaths of all ages occurred on boats where the operator had not received boating safety instructions.
  • The majority of infant drowning deaths happen in bathtubs or large buckets.
  • African-American kids ages 5 to 14 are almost three times more likely to drown than white children.
  • The use of specially made drain covers, safety vacuum-release systems, multiple filter pumps and other pressure-venting pool filter mechanisms can reduce the risk of entrapment in pools.

Top Tips

  • Watch kids when they are in or around water, without being distracted. Keep young children within arm’s reach of an adult.
  • Empty all tubs, buckets, containers and kiddie pools immediately after use. Store them upside down so they don’t collect water.
  • Close toilet lids and use toilet seat locks to prevent drowning.
  • Keep doors to bathrooms and laundry rooms closed.
  • Install fences around home pools. A pool fence should surround all sides of the pool and be at least four feet tall with self-closing and self-latching gates.
  • Know what to do in an emergency. Learning CPR and basic water rescue skills may help you save a life.

More info at

From the State of Georgia's Division of Family and Children Services

Lack of Supervision Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Many individuals have questions regarding at what age children may be left unsupervised. While there are no State laws regarding the supervision of children, DFCS has guidelines which we follow. The guidelines are as follows:

• Children eight years or younger should not be left alone

• Children between the ages of nine years and twelve years, based on level of maturity, may be left alone for brief (less than two hours) periods of time; and,

• Children thirteen years and older, who are at an adequate level of maturity, may be left alone and may perform the role of babysitter, as authorized by the parent, for up to twelve hours.

These guidelines pertain only to children who are not in the Department’s custody. Situations involving children for whom the department has placement responsibility are governed by foster care requirements. There are sometimes circumstances where an unsupervised older child is at risk or where a younger child has the maturity level to be left alone or to care for other children. Some examples are:

• It may not be advisable to leave an older child who has a special condition or disability alone.

• Consideration may be given to a child younger than 13 years, who exhibits strong maturity skills and has participated in a course on babysitting, to be alone or to care for other children. Suggested questions to ask are:

1) Does the child know the emergency plan for the family?

2) Does the child know the parent's phone numbers (work and home)?

3) Can the child demonstrate the plan and recite the numbers?

4) What is the availability of the parent during this time?

5) Are there environmental factors that add further risk to the situation?

6) Are there factors that reduce risk, i.e. supportive/available neighbors?

If you have questions and want to talk to the local Whitfield DFCS Office, please call 706-272-2834. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call 855-GA-CHILD.

Get Georgia Reading

You can read anywhere, anytime, and virtually anything this summer, because Get Georgia Reading partner myON by Renaissance is delivering thousands of free books to your computer and mobile devices that you can access 24 hours a day—every day—from May 14 through Aug. 31.

You can search from more than 50 different categories and genres, fiction and nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, chapter books, titles for struggling and reluctant readers and Spanish and bilingual titles. It’s like having your own personal library right at your fingertips.

  1. Visit to get registered.
  2. Once you have registered, instructions on your county-specific log-in will be sent to you within 24 – 48 hours.
  3. Go to and click the myON Login button.
  4. Enter the following information:
    School Name: Get Georgia Reading (Type the first few letters and select your school from the drop-down menu.)
    Username: included with your registration instructions
    Password: read
  5. Click on the Sign In button, select a book, and start reading!


  • View the myON recommended system requirements.
  • For this partnership program, all readers share a single account with unlimited, 24/7 access to enhanced digital books in myON by Renaissance without personalization elements.

We Want to Hear from You

The only thing better than reading a good book is sharing it with others. We encourage all readers—kids, dads and moms, grandparents and caregivers, teachers, and librarians—to send written and video book reviews that we will publish on

Get social this summer by sharing book recommendations, snapping selfies with your favorite titles, showing off where you’re reading and who you’re reading with, and telling us how you’re incorporating myON by Renaissance into your everyday life.

Send your reviews, videos, photos and more to Bill Valladares at, and be sure to use the hashtags #GetGAReading and #myON with your social media posts.

NWGA Library Reading Program at Blue Ridge

The summer reading program is a community outreach program. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!”

NWGA Library staff will host five visits for the program, starting at 11 a.m. Laptops will allow students to check out books from their library and allow parents to sign up for library cards. The library staff will also be holding a reading challenge for older children. Interpreters will also be available.

The program is every Wednesday in June at 11 a.m. and one Saturday in June. Dates are listed below with their performers.

Library will be giving books every week to children that attend the program.

Wednesday, June 6th

- Magician

Wednesday, June 13th

– Science Tellers

Wednesday, June 20th

- Fiddle and Dan (Music and Story performance)

Wednesday, June 27th

- Animal Adventures

Saturday, June 30th

- Todd Keys (End of program celebration)